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Prep Football: Eagles stay unbeaten
BY KURT NICOLL
FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR
No matter how imposing the opposing receiving corps might be, Colonial Forge’s Jeff Moore really does not care. The greater the challenge, the better he likes it.
The veteran defensive back played a key role in shutting down Brooke Point’s potent passing game, accounting for two of his team’s three interceptions, and set up the final TD with a 24-yard punt return as the Eagles improved to 3–0 with a 24–6 victory last night.
“Our defense is getting better. We’re a study in progress,” he said afterward. “We love to play against good talent like [Brooke Point’s] Tyrus White.”
The host Black–Hawks (0–4) struggled offensively most of the game before putting together their lone scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter.
A 60-yard bomb from Cox to White nearly went for naught as the officials initially ruled offsetting penalties (a personal foul against the Eagles and a holding call against the Hawks).
But after reviewing the play, the officials allowed the catch to stand, then marked off 10 yards against the Hawks, putting the ball on the 25.
A pass interference penalty gave Brooke Point new life and a first down at the 6, and after Moore made a nice play to bat the ball away from intended receiver White, Jeramey Manuel scored on a draw play on second down.
Damen Daniel turned in a solid effort for the Eagles’ offense, but his statistics would have been much more impressive if not for a number of dropped passes.
A screen pass to Remone Miller in the left flat went for 25 yards, upping Colonial Forge’s lead to 10–0 with 8:13 left in the first half.
After a lackluster third quarter, Colonial Forge refound its offensive knack again in the fourth quarter: Daniel Ezeagwa shed a pair of would-be tacklers for a 21-yard TD scamper and Daniel added an 8-yard scoring run.
“The defense is always bailing us out,” Daniel said. “The offense has done OK; we just have to finish.”
While the Eagles’ defense has played superbly, coach Bill Brown strives to be patient toward his offensive team.
Daniel indicated the dropped passes are difficult to deal with, but tries to shake them off.
“It does eat at me, but as a quarterback, you’ve got to forget it and move on to the next play. Keep your focus,” he concluded.
Colonial Forge visits Stafford next Friday. Brooke Point is off.
Colonial Forge 3 7 0 14 — 24
Brooke Point 0 0 0 6 — 6
CF-M. Meyers 26-yard field goal
CF-R. Miller 25-yard pass from D. Daniel (M. Meyers kick)
CF-D. Ezeagwu 21-yard run (M. Meyers kick)
CF-D. Daniel 8-yard run (M. Meyers kick)
BP-J. Manuel 6-yard run (pass failed)
First downs15 12
Rushing yardage35-118 28-77
Passing yardage118 109
Rushing:Brooke Point—Jeramey Manuel 17-57, TD; Zakees Baker 7-19; Alex Cox 3-8; Merik Mainz 1-(-7). Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 15-45, TD; Remone Miller 13-34; Daniel Ezeagwu 2-25, TD; T.C. Burton 3-6; Justin Brown 1-5; Gary Jennings 1-3.
Passing:Brooke Point—Alex Cox 9-28-3 109; Merik Mainz 0-2-0 0. Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 10-21-0 118, TD.
Receiving:Brooke Point—Tyus White 5-69; Brandon Griffin 1-20; Terance Parker 2-17; Aaron Sanders 1-3. Colonial Forge—Remone Miller 2-32, TD; Daniel Ezeagwu 2-30; Austin Hall 2-22; Jeff Moore 2-19; Richie Nicolas 1-12; Gary Jennings 1-3.